November 28, 2012 Edition

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John Andrews is new
director of Rural Services

Gretchen Hunt

John Andrews of Walnut Ridge has been appointed as the new director of Rural Services by Gov. Mike Beebe. Andrews will replace Butch Calhoun in the position, effective Jan. 1.

Andrews will oversee the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, which provides grant assistance to communities across Arkansas with a population of 3,000 or less.

He noted that Lawrence County communities Smithville and Lynn are both recent recipients of Rural Community Grants.

Andrews is not new to public service. He was previously appointed to the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board, which he served on for four years, and the Arkansas State Plant Board, which he served on for two years.

He also served 10 years on the Arkansas Farm Bureau State Board of Directors, including six years as secretary/treasurer and six years on the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Board of Directors.

Andrews, who farmed all of his life until a couple of years ago, is married to Kim Andrews. They have three children, Tyler, Hayden and Savannah, all of whom attend Walnut Ridge School.

Andrews said there is no end date on his service as director, which is a full-time position.

"I serve at the will of the governor," he said.

Gov. Beebe said Andrews was the right fit for the position.

"John has the experience in both farming and politics needed to successfully run this agency," Beebe said. "He can relate well to people whether he's on a farm or in the halls of the State Capitol."

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